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president. but today was the day that the obama administration made the single biggest play to define what comes next. what is t next. today, he nominated chuck hagel, in doing, he nominated the first vietnam veteran. >> he understands that sending young americans to fight and bleed in the dirt and mud, that is something we only do when it is absolutely necessary. my frame of reference, he has said, is geared to the guy at the bottom who is doing the fighting and the dying. with chuck, our troops will always know just like sergeant hagel was there for his own brother, secretary hagel will be there for you. and finally, chuck represents the bipartisan tradition that we need more of in washington. for his independence, and commitment to consensus, he has earned the respect of national security and military leaders, republicans and democrats, including me. >> hagel will be the third republican secretary of defense appointed by the last two democratic presidents. william cohen, and bob gates, re-appointed by president obama in 2009. and chuck hagel is a republican senator from nebraska. the re
defense secretary leon pantta. the obama administration homeland security -- rather national security adviser nominated to become the next central intelligence agency director, taking of the poster designed by general david patraeus after his affair with his biographer was disclosed. appointments follow the president's december 21st nomination of senator ohn kerry to replace hillary clinton as the secretary of state. the president is considering a new job for ambassador to the united nations susan rice. may become the next national security advisor if all the appointments are confirmed. we will have carried out an almost total revamping of his national secity team. >> confident that judge will be an outstanding secretary of defense and brennan will be an outstanding director o the central intelligence agency. may understand that we are only successful because of the folks up and down the line in these respective institutions. the folks on the ground who are oftentimes putting their lives at risk for us. d oftentimes removed from washington and politics. lou: some members of the party
and then came to work at the obama administration a couple of weeks later where the president was decrying that kind of thing, saying that when companies come to america, especially to pay for their bailout, they shouldn't be having lavish bonuses. lou: thank you, shannon bream. turning back to the issue of gun control, our first guest says the president is sorely mistaken if he believes that he can amend the u.s. constitution by executive order. joining us is trey gowdy and it is great to have you with us, congressman. first, if we may, let's turn to the idea that this president, if necessary, will by executive order, constrain our rights. >> i can give you a long list of things to worry about. but this president and vice president shredding our second amendment because they think it is bleeding politically expedient is not going to be one of them. i find it shocking how little regard he seems to have for that document. he may not like the second amendment, he can take up with madison and jefferson and the fellows that framed it. but he is not going to run roughshod over the second amendm
. chess ♪ lou: the obama administration push for more gun control intensifying. the washington post reports the administration looking to go well beyond the simple reinstatement of the inspired ban on assault weapons and i capacity ammunition. vice-president biden task force apparently considering measures that would require universal background checks for all firearms buyers. the national database that would track the sale and movement of weapons, strengthening mental health checks, stiffer penalties for carrying guns near schools. to mark the vice-president said to me with gun safety group's commander jim and executives, victims of gun violence. there's a the vice-president turns to me with the national rifle association. joining us now, fox news legal analyst and republican strategist, columnist for the hill, democratic strategist. thank you all for being year. comprehensive means all the guns. is that your interpretation? >> i think that for political purposes they want people to think that they can and will, and that think it is wrong, not realistic. a particularly have a probl
with the obama administration it would be hard to say he had a woman problem. nevertheless, the fact is, we need to keep in mind especially at this pivotal time extent there's a problem with women, news stories saying women are, perhaps, more reluctant to take jobs that require longer house than we've seen anne marie slaughter article at that. we need to keep that in mind. you and i both, as fathers of young children, see how difficult it can be to do anything @after 5:00 p.m. if you're concerned with a child to the extent that burden falls disproportionately on women and we need to keep having that conversation so i'm glad to see that come up. >> and we have to talk about diversity of political opinion. on the issue of women, go back to president obama's first term welcome a large group of women, leaders, who were then his cabinet and within the white house, gather with him to say, we may be here but we want to be heard. there was an uprising at the very beginning. and then now, look at who's leaving. hilda solace, the department of labor, first latino secretary of labor, extremely progressive.
there is a potential right now. yeah. and the obama administration should have seen this coming. they could have somehow and still can send out signals of what they intend to do with these higher decisions and the departure of nancy ann diparlo means there have got to be more women in the pipeline that the obama administration will appoint. i don't see how they can't be doing it because women were the backbone of the obama support for reelection. >> if we look at modern times and what past precedences have done, we look at president george w. bush increasing the number of women in his cabinet for 19% of his first term and the 24% in his second. president bill clinton saw the percentage of women rise from 27 to 44%. do you think that this could be the first time that we don't see the needle moving forward for a second term administration if president obama doesn't make some really sharp moves now to correct the diversity problem? >> think the pressure will be on for him to make sure that we don't see white men across the board the way we've seen in these early appointments. this is the piece of t
from washington. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, sunny and rob. the obama administration does not want to lose momentum for new gun legislation. they think now is the moment to act. so, the vice president is bringing together all of the stake holders this week at the white house. the white house is speeding up efforts to reach a consensus on new gun legislation. a task force on gun violence, headed by vice president biden, will meet with victim groups and gun control advocates today. and gun owners groups on thursday. >> it's not a problem that can be solved by any specific action. it encompasses mental health, education, as well as access to guns. >> reporter: with the one-month anniversary of the shooting at newtown, connecticut, approaching, washington is pressured to take immediate action. gabby giffords who was injured by a gunman two years ago, is taking a prominent role in the gun debate. giffords and her husband have pushed for congressional action, on mental health, high-capacity gun magazines and background checks to purchase a gun. >> i bought a
of its bunker. the near possibility, the near possibility that the obama administration might stop the easy sale of the scariest guns to the scariest people has aroused the slippery slope crowd. these cousins of the grassy noel folks believe that any limit on the wide-open market for guns and ammo threatens their own hardware. any reasonable action by the american people to stop the carnage is to these paranoids the first unfaultering step towards mass confiscation of everything from shotguns to daisy rifles. well, tonight we let you hear from the craziest of the crazies. my question, are the regular gun owners of this country, people who go out and hunt in hunting season, the people who shoot skeet, simply like to pack their own bullets, regular gun enthusiasts, are they going to listen to these nut cases or to joe biden when he offers proposals next week on background checks and high capacity magazines. who are the people that are going to decide this issue? i mean, the gun owners going to go with, the wild bunch or the town posse? david corn is washington bureau chief for "mothe
an unimportant factor but the obama administration is reaching out to jewish groups to get his nomination. do you think statements related to israel are going to pose a problem for him? >> i don't know. i think it will cause some problems yes. it will probably lose him some votes, but i have been under the spotlight a lot less in my life than you have or senator hagel and i have had things come out not quite right, and the question is whether he would have israel's back as defense secretary. and i would like to hear some details on if he would. i think israel does need to rethink it's settlements policy but he would not have a big role in those decisions anyway. he has to help israel's military be strong enough to defend their security. >> jennifer: there was another important nomination today which was john brennan being nominated to head the cia. your take on him given his criticism on the use of interrogation techniques. >> i think he'll get a knew criticisms from the left but these will be from democrats who don't want to see president obama's nomination defeated. and br
cameron has more. >> guns and ammunition flying out the doors nationwide as the obama administration consummate wraps up. >> people are just scared. that they could not buy them. they thought about getting them now they decided is the time. >> background checks were 2.7 billion and 19 million during 2012. the united -- white house wants to eliminate background checks and restrict high-capacity magazines. >> i agree with the large capaty magazines. >> over the last 20 days the nra says one of a dozen people joined out of fear of new debt restrictions. they suspect of four-point to million membership will balloon up to 5 million. and they have declared dead national debt appreciation day for people to rally with signs that say hands off my guns. guns rates groups active donating over $20 million to causes. gun-control -- contributed less than any time in 20 years. $4,000 total. the white house tries to level the playing field by tapping richest -- religious leaders, community leaders and teachers for a town hall rally like the campaign. mayor bloomberg reports 500 on negative board in
't there more prominent women being looked at in these positions? that may not be the obama administration's fault. it may be a fault of why aren't these women being promoted more to begin with why is sus afternoon rice pretty much the only person being mentioned for secretary of state? there should be more women since women make up more than half the population. it's getting better that they are at least mentioned for many. for many years obviously there were no women in the cabinet. but it's not good enough. i think the obama administration is saying we are noticing you are not putting women in, i think is important. >> amanda, why didn't we see the same kind of reaction particularly from the right, you know, when bush was approximatelypresident? i found it kind of striking yesterday on "meet the press"that, you know, mike murphy and hailee barber were making shots. >> on diversity. >> exactly. it's just -- it kind of begs the question of credibility from the attackers. >> uh-huh. >> do you think it's a fair point? >> well, i think that -- i mean this may say a
department, weapons prosecutions are down by 40%. in the first term of the obama administration. so if you want to show a priority when you are guiding a justice department does it show priority? >> kimberly: no, it doesn't. then it points out the hypocrisy of the administration. they say how bad? all the fun owners, et cetera. stigmatize them at the same time, they made at it low priority to prosecution gun crime. so, what kind of consistency is that? there is none there. as a matter of fact. then we'll see further circumvention when i believe the president will go by way of executive order, circumvent the american people and october on himself. he feel he is has a mandate, he was re-elected and there is no accountability. davis how effective can executive order be if most gun law is state and local based how effective is executive order overturned by the next president? >> bob: good point. every president used executive orders for their political philosophy when they don't think they get it through congress. they are not against people who own guns. third, give a break here to see what b
the obama administration of plotting to use the health care law to go after gun owners. one group, the gun owners of america, insists it could still happen. >> it says that all of our medical records are available to be pawed through by bureaucrats somewhere in washington, looking for a reason to disenfranchise gun owners. >> reporter: as for reid, his staff told us today the senate majority leader's views on gun control are changing. he's in a different place than he was in 2010, says an adviser. consider how reid answered the question after the july movie theater massacre in colorado. >> with the schedule that we have, we're not going to get into a debate on gun control. >> reporter: and how he responded after the killings in newtown. >> we need to accept the reality that we're not doing enough to protect our citizens. >> jim acosta joins us now along with "360" m.d. sanjay gupta. jim, a majority of both houses of congress supported obama care. the administration spent years working to make it a reality. how is it possible that this was a surprise to the people who introduced the bill an
this as a doubling down of the current economic and fiscal policies from the obama administration. >> reporter: an extension of the administration's get tough on wall street approach that's left the president trying to mend relationships with ceos. that criticism is seemingly at odds with this entry in lew's resume. 2006 to 2009, chief operating officer at citigroup where bets were made against the housing market. >> we're concerned that jack lew's connection to wall street has harmed his vision for what makes america strong, and that is a strong main street. and while his record is thin, his public record about what's necessary is not -- is not exhaustive. >> reporter: sharp questions being raised once again over testimony lew delivered in his 2010 senate confirmation hearing for white house budget chief where he appeared to downplay the impact of deregulation on the financial crisis. >> but i don't believe that deregulation was the -- you know, proximate cause. >> reporter: and carefully framed his knowledge of the issue, raising eyebrows once again. >> senator, when we discussed, i mentione
obama administration was also not an administration saying let's go find some place to bomb. neither, for that matter, was president bush's eight years. we fought the wars that we felt were necessary. president bush worked hard to try to solve other problems through diplomatic means. and so i think it's a little too stark to make this kind of characterization. i, as you well know, always believed that we should try to avoid war. we should be willing to talk to friends and willing to talk to enemies. and try to find a solution that's peaceful. but when do you find it is necessary to use military force, use it with a clear political objective in mind and use it for a decisive result. that's the kind of attitude that chuck hagel will bring to the equation. we will be careful. he will give the president his best advice on the use or non-use of military force, how to solve the problem diplomatically. i'm sure he will be a great companion with mr. kerry in that regard. it's a good team. i think it's a very, very good team. now, a lot of my friends in the community who are of a more rightis
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to the left of cuomo in new york because he wants to run for president in 2016. eric, former obama administration official rosa brooks, and our legal analyst, paul cowin. martin o'malley not the only politician who has 2016 ambitions who is stepping out in the gun law fray. louisiana republican governor bobby jindal wants a law to keep guns away from the mentally ill. how much is this push really about positioning for 2016? >> i think some of it definitely is about 2016. some of it is they want to be doing something. they hope if they're seen as doing something now, by 2016, the particulars may be forgotten, particularly by gun rights advocates and a lot in the democratic party as well as the republican party. they'll look at them as doing something. i don't think we should downplay that a lot of democrats for a long time have wanted to do something about guns. with the incident in sandy hook and this past summer's incident in colorado, they feel they have momentum on their side. >> house minority leader anthony o'donnell is from the eastern shore of the state. that's where i grew
is obama administration sort of trying to reshape how they think about things and drawing down the war in iraq, u.s. troop presence there, i got off a white house conference call. you're looking at now a pentagon and a white house that's sort of thinking about conflict s differently. using drones and lethal force in that way rather than full scale war, escalating in a country and a war and that will continue the criticism that the white house is secretive about the drone program. they don't talk about it and almost don't acknowledge it and clear that the president is committed to this and an issue from the left. >> david, as s.e. said, i think the left did not for most or all of president obama's first term really hold him accountable on drones the way maybe you would have expected them to do or tried to with the national security policies under george w. bush. it seem there is's a natural opportunity at least maybe to pursue some of the answers to ask some of questions that weren't asked the last four years in the hearings of john brennan as the cia director. is that something you exp
will forge a life equal to your talents and worthy of your dreams. and our fight -- [ applause ] >> the obama administration has declared january nationally slavery and human trafficking prevention month and especially today nonprofits calling on the white house to renew legislation providing support to some 20 million people considered modern-day slaves including a staggering 100,000 at-risk american children. american children. congress allowed protective legislation to expire in 2011 following years of bipartisan support. but as we know, bipartisan is a dirty word in washington these days even when children's lives are at rick. our next guest is leading a national campaign to get congress to work on the vitally important legislation. back in the guest spot today is andrea powell, executive director and founder of fair girls. let's start with the trafficking victims protection act. what is in it? why's it so vital and hold up here? >> it passed in 2000 and defines the crime of human trafficking includes that any child under the age of 18 is considered a victim if they're induced in to comme
budget already, okay? that is already happened under the obama administration. the defense budget is coming down. as we reduce the number troops in afghanistan, i think we need some presence there, for training and for counter terrorism operations but it is probably not going to be 66,000. those numbers, those dollar figures are going it come down. like i said, we've already cut half a trillion and they're talking about another half a trillion under sequester. so the defense department is also, something that is already taking a it had. we need to get entitlement and other programs under control and our spending under control. that is my view. melissa: all right. peter brookes, thanks so much. coming up on "money", we all want to save money although i'm not sure with everyone with the answers we're getting there. would you want to spend less for an iphone if you knew it was made with cheaper parts? doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of having an iphone? i don't know. that is coming up next. >>> plus, say good-bye to one of these monopoly pieces. how players will determine e f
administration, obama administration and they say that is why they picked him. >> in the past quarter of a century jack lew has been an integral part of some of the most important budgetary financial and fiscal agreements, bipartisan agreement in washington. >> "rolling stone magazine" will have to come to the senate and tell what his thoughts are about the spending and how it plans to address it. rich: it is u up to send them to see this another proxy fight to add to the administration on their views about that deficit and spending. back to you. melissa: i have to wonder how his senate confirmation will go to look at comments, there is just a lot of anger and frustration with jack lew hanging over from the past, statements he has made. can he get past the confirmation? >> the question or will there be enough to vote against him? there will be republicans who vote against him but it is questionable if enough will actually block his nomination. only because you still have first off a few democrats saying they have problems with defense secretary nomination in chuck hagel. he believes t
fifteen million recipients have been added in the obama years and the cost is doubled. this administration gets people to sign up. this is what we want? a handout culture which drags youngsters in right from the start of their lives where dependency is taught from the get go. surely not. it goes against the american dream. i wasn't born here but i think i know what america is all about or used to be all about. individual responsibility, personal effort, liberty and justice for all. where is the liberty in dependency? where is the individual responsibility in looking to somebody else to feed you? defenders say food stamps for kids helps the economy and make some healthy. maybe. probably true. one in four children eating courtesy of taxpayers' changes the nature of our society. entitlement is not a birdie. dependency is not freedom. a handout is not prosperity. [ male announcer ] eligible for medicare? that's a good thing, but it doesn't cover everything. only about 80% of your part b medical expenses. the rest is up to you. so consider an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by
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's legacy will loom large over the obama administration and the american economy for years to come. starting with his role as head of the new york federal reserve, he was pivotal is the rescue regime and the ugly glory. he's been a lightning rod for criticism and apparent unwillingness to hold wall street accountable for the financial crash. those choices have reprecushions to day for the millions of workers and borrowers. he rescued the giant aig was is appreciate fwhad company that aig is airing commercials thanking american people for their generous assistance. >> we're a leading global company in america. >> we paid every dollar america lent to us. >> everything plus a profit of more than $22 billion. >> for the american people. >> thank you, america. >> not everyone at aig, however, is to grateful. the company's former chairman hank greenberg is suing the federal government for making the terms of the bailout too restrictive. aig considered joining a lawsuit this week before declining. the suit and aig's resurgence after the rescue engineered by geithner are a reminder that we're all li
? did you distrust key members of the obama administration when it came to their policy in dealing with afghanistan? >> i think what's most important is we spent a lot of timesharing information to try to build trust. trust kochl comes with time, wi cooperation and with compromise. i think that's what we worked through. >> with all due respect, you didn't answer my question. did you distrust key members of the administration in with respect to their handling of the war in afghanistan? >> yeah. i still believe that the most important thing we can do is build that trust. over time that's -- >> you're being a good soldier he here. i want to take you back to the "rolling stone" magazine that led to your resignation from your post. there were several demeaning comments attributed to your staff members and even to you. was that article accurate? was that the way you and your staff members felt about those people? >> it's interesting. in my book i outline that in about a page and a half in a 400-page book because that's the level of its importance. there was a lot of things in leadership
decides what the administration is going to do on the issue. president obama is pretty clearly committed to prevent iran from getting the bomb and ultimately accountable. i'm not so sure that we should worry that much those who may support president obama that hagel s somehow going to slow down the whole debate or prevent a credible threat of force. obama gets to make that call. i think it is healthy that senator hagel would introduce new perspectives and genuine concern about where this war could go if we choose to start it. not that we have any good options in iran. he could be a useful voice at a time when a lot of washington seems to be developing a conventional wisdom we may have to strike iran pretty soon. >> shepard: we will see how brutal the confirmation hearing is and if he is weakened afterwards. thank you. >> thank you. >> shepard: the law make ares have two months now you to reach a deal on raising the debt limit or the government could start defaulting on its loans. that could put the entire world economy into a tail spin analysts tell us. republicans and democrats say they
the hour right now. in the u.s. backing france's fight against terror in africa. the obama administration moved toward approving limited support for france's military campaign to fight terrorists in mali in on sunday preparing surveillance drones and other air intelligence equipment for possible deployment, but not troops. the president also announced the u.s. lent limited technical support to rescue an intelligent agent held hostage by an al qaeda linked group in somalia. that attempt was unsuccessful. >>> a dress rehearsal in washington as preparations for next week's presidential inauguration kick into high gear. stand-ins for president obama and vice president joe biden watch the presidential escort from the capital's east steps, including the u.s. army ban, the old guard drum core and honor guard members from each branch of the military in exactly one week hole dad -- we will be live on the national mall. i'm the one in the middle. our coverage begins at 5:00 a.m. eastern. >>> new this morning, big royal baby news. the duke and duchess of cambridge, their baby is due in july. that's
will stay on this. thanks. >>> we turn to the showdown in washington over president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. a senior administration source confirming it will be former republican senator chuck hagel. the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. one senator already calling this an in your face move. david kerley is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: as the president returns from hawaii, senior fishlgs tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator has chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking, i believe, on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: today republicans raised red flags, continuing a campaign against chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on affingts afghanistan -- that we went beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq, saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it'
-oh fast with kaopectate. >>> more now on the top story. president obama's nomination of former republican senator chuck hagel for defense secretary. administration officials say the president will make it official in about two hours and our special coverage here on cnn will begin at 12:30 eastern time. as we mentioned, chuck hagel faced some sharp criticism from fellow republicans as well as democrats over what they say are his anti-israeli positions and also for being soft on iran. those are their accusations. rabbi ariah israeli -- i hope i pronoun pronounced that right. it's a tricky name. did i get your name right? >> almost. >> okay. all right. give me another shot at it. this is a tricky one. maybe you give it to me with the accurate pronunciation. >> it's ariah israel. >> that was easy. give me for your sense after knowing chuck hagel more than 20 years. visited your congregation. give me your personal perspectives on the senator. >> i'm looking forward to the nomination. i have known him, i met him actually a few months before he was elected as senator from the state of nebraska.
at the defense department. he was a holdover from the bush administration and leon panetta and general petraeus, hardly obama insiders but now all of a sudden you have people who seem to be much more on the obama team bandwagon, much more loyal to him. john kerry at the state department, he backed president obama early in the 2008 nomination fight. you now have chuck hagel, someone that obama worked closely with in the u.s. senate and he's been an adviser to him now in the white house and then john brennan at cia, someone who's been by his side for four years. >> what is the strategy? first read mentions jack reid and the statement praising chuck hagel. what's the strategy? you have people wondering why not take up the fight for susan rice and how are the dynamics different? >> as chuck todd pointed out, there are as many as ten different democratic senators opposed to chuck hagel and it's going to be up to the white house to wage a significant campaign using some democrats like senator jack reid from rhode island to win them over. the white house probably decided that they needed to go ahead a
? >> i think it's not necessarily an issue. here's why the administration hasn't pushed back. they know that when all is said and done, this won't be the reflection of what the second term of president obama is going to look like. i think you can look at the history of where the administration was and people think that just now the timing and the roll-out probably hasn't been best because we have now gone three in a row, now four in a row. >> it should be noted that susan rice was really president obama's probably first choice. >> so blame john mccain for these problems. >> they did push back, actually. they released a picture after the "new york times" put that picture out of all these men advising the president on the budget, and they put out another picture just yesterday of a bunch of the senior women staffers in the white house -- valerie jarrett, lissa -- nancy andrew parrell, who is a chief of staff, and number of other women. it's not true that he is surrounded by men. voo. >> there is another diversity issue that has not to do with gender or race or ethnicity, but diversity of
for president obama as he was pushing this forth in his new team. early january he might put this out in the first week of his new administration. is the iron so hot at this moment that he really does have to strike here and now? >> because there are republicans worried about the future of their party if they don't do something, because it surprised me frankly after this election you didn't hear what you've heard after a few republican losses that there wasn't anything wrong with the party per se. neath needed to message it better. on immigration it was just the voices calling for the -- calling for the preliminary opposition to any reform, much quieter than they have. we don't know if we're going to hear them bring it up again when the house comes back. a lot of people in the tea party movement, very influential in the base, very influential because the base agrees with them, weren't really loud on immigration, but back when we talked about 2007, people like steve king were at the forefront of stopping this, and we're going to start hearing from them again. we'll see if there's enoug
of staff to the vice president gore two administrations, vice president gore and vice president biden and he is trusted by the president. denis i don't know as well. he's respected and experiment in foreign policy and worked with president obama going back to the first campaign where he advised him on foreign policy and he worked for senator daschle. the president has two great choices. either one is prepared to be chief of staff. >> jennifer: like you i know ron kliani more than denis and i think he'll be fabulous. these first appointments are all white males. my feeling is we haven't seen the finality of the appointments yet. >> yes, the president demonstrated in the first administration's its commitment to diversity. the first point was the supreme court. he appointed two women and the first hispanic member of the court. i think you'll see when the president fills his cabinet and staff, it will be america at its best diversity. >> jennifer: there is news that some people say is president obama most controversial cabinet member were the perspective of congress who is attorney gener
. there is a lot of talk about the administration what they talk about taking care of the debt ceiling is obligations by congress in particular according to president obama that have been incurred so far. has anyone considered the spending going forward and how would we take care of that even if we handle the debt limit crisis we have right now? >> i think this is going to be the dominant debate in washington for the next six, eight weeks. i think there will be serious negotiations and attempt at serious negotiations to slow the rate of spending on healthcare entitlements, medicare principally, in a dollar for dollar way with increases in the debt. president says he won't make eight straight trade. he won't describe it as a straight tradeoff. he want to de-couple about future discussions entitlements. whether they can come to an agreement whether it should be described one for one trade or two different ajsz is one of the reasons for the standoff. there is going to be a serious, i think, that is unvoidable there will be another attempt at this spring to rein in some of these entitlemen
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